20 Must See Films at JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, 2016

Fueled by every possible genre of cinematic independence, the Mumabi Film Festival is here again. A time of the year when every single cinema lover like us gets pissed-off at their respective bosses and bring their ass Mumbai for this grand event. A place where people not only see films but celebrate films. They wait in queues and gossip about their love for films. A place which is more home that you make it out to be. Like a yearly ritual, we wait for this week of cinematic boners and ever enlightening storms. And while every single one of us believes in watching as many films as possible, time binds us to a bear minimum. [...]

Mountains May Depart [2016] : A Capitalistic punishment.

The title card in Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart appears somewhere around the 45-minute mark. Not only does it instantly change the way you look at the film (with a very subtle change in the aspect ratio) but also changes your feelings towards the film. As Zhangke himself said, he wanted to make a film about feelings that are surrounded by the changing consumerism, economy and a human need for a better future. So, as we move to the next segment of Mountains May Depart, the transcending time slows down with sweetness, bitterness and bitter-sweetness intermingling together to showcase a rather convincing and thought provoking retrospect of how decisions and emotions rally over changing times and how, deep within, we are still the same people who wish to dance around shedding over sins and regrets, finding our way home. [...]